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This is a shot at sunrise in Stalham, Norfolk. I'd appreciate any comments - it looks a bit on the dark side to me but if I lighten it up it loses a lot of the impact.

Brand:Nikon CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D3000 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:55.0-200.0 mm f/4.0-5.6
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:23 Apr 2011 - 5:28 AM
Focal Length:80mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.3
Aperture:f/14.0
Shutter Speed:1/160sec
Exposure Comp:+2
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:No Flash
Title:Stalham Sunrise
Username:damienvc damienvc
Uploaded:24 May 2011 - 7:10 PM
Tags:Landscape / travel
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Niknut
Niknut e2 Member 4521 forum postsNiknut vcard United Kingdom60 Constructive Critique Points
24 May 2011 - 7:38 PM

I wouldn't change a single pixel !......it's a corker....I love the simple arrangement, with a great 'atmosphere' & colour...top notch !

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banehawi Critique Team 10781 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2799 Constructive Critique Points
24 May 2011 - 7:56 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Welcome to EPZ Damien.

This is quite a nice shot. Im not entirely sure about your comment about it appearing too dark, as it looks quite good as it is. Its has appeared dark as you have included some strong direct Sun in the shot, which will make the camera expose appropriately for the bright light, giving a silhouette effect that many photographers deliberately try to achieve, - looks like youve stumbled on this holy grail accidentally! Lightening it, as youve seen, will certainly ruin the impact of the original.

I have loaded 2 mods, - 1 is a little lighter, 2 is a little darker. What both have in common is that they have been sharpened, which makes the tree stand out more, and Ive cropped to place the tree more to the left, and added some dark canvas space at the bottom to make a 10 X 8 format that may look better.

Hope this is helpful,


regards


Willie

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damienvc
damienvc  328 forum posts Belgium2 Constructive Critique Points
24 May 2011 - 8:20 PM

Thank you both for your comments.

@niknut - your comments made me feel better about getting up for a half 5 shoot!

@banehawi - your crop makes perfect sense and tidies it up nicely by excluding the bush on the left hand side, something which I hadn't seen, so thanks.

damienvc

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NEWMANP
NEWMANP e2 Member 61583 forum postsNEWMANP vcard United Kingdom574 Constructive Critique Points
24 May 2011 - 10:19 PM

hi,
lovely conditions to be out with,
nice set of elements to bring together the composition which works well with the misty line of trees.

always going to be a tough exposure, filters or not and i guess not here.
the sun in frame is always either going to expose for the fg and blow the sunball or expose for the sunball and block the fg detail. about 5 stops of nd grad may havbe helped a little. for this reason i seldom include the sun in frame.

so just for a laugh, i cloned out the sun, pulled in the histo to brighten the whole thing up and cropped the left a little.

hope you like it
Phil

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